MELISA S.L. CASUMBAL-SALAZAR
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To kaleidoscope is to disarray all possible hues from black cherry to bombastic, to twerk for & against smoke & mirrors, to surf a rainbow banderita to another love TKO.
Melisa S.L. Casumbal-Salazar (siya/she/they) abandoned the Politics professoriate for the Writing MFA at UCSD. Her research on Philippine indigeneity has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation and published by Amerasia Journal. Her fabulist novella, Our Beloved, won Sunspot Literary Journal’s 2020 Inception contest. Casumbal-Salazar was born and raised in the traditional territories of the Pamunkey, Powhatan, and Piscataway (Washington, D.C. area) by Tagalog migrants from Manila. She has been active in Filipinx and queer people of color arts and community organizing since the 1980s. Her writing thematizes everyday decoloniality, feminist vengeance, and the fluvial. She is at work on Archive of Misfeeling, a cross-genre memoir/ethnography of decolonial pinay collectivity. She is an Earth Rooster, Aquarian Sun, Virgo Moon, and Leo Rising.